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Cybercrime Prevention Courses for the Youth, Teachers and National Civil Police

Guatemala City, July 12, 2019. T he United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through its office in Guatemala, within the framework of the Global Program for the implementation of Doha's Declaration and specifically its pillar of Education for Justice, delivered a training on cybercrime prevention and the proper use of the Internet in the classrooms to departmental coordinators of the Ministry of Education of Guatemala and members of the Prevention Unit of the National Civil Police.

These two educational workshops on enjoyment and on the appropriate care on the Internet were aimed at thirty-nine (39) Prevention Police Officers, members of the National Civil Police and twenty-five (25) departmental coordinators of MINEDUC. During these workshops they were provided with an intensive program to increase their knowledge in topics such as cybersecurity, privacy, cyberbullying, grooming, sexting and sextortion. Additionally, prevention strategies were also analyzed, as well as factors that stimulate the risks on the Internet and the e-rights of children. These trainings were delivered by Jordi Martín Domingo, an education specialist at UNODC.

This program of prevention against cybercrime is part of the strategy of the Ministry of Education for the prevention of violence, which has been supported since 2018, with the training of teaching staff, delivering of educational materials (didactic and methodological guides for teachers) and development of audiovisual material for prevention, as well as the delivery of school kits for students. UNODC thanks the National Civil Police and the Ministry of Education for their willingness to continue transferring and promoting cybercrimes prevention to the classrooms and include these workshops within their institutional practices.

Additionally, UNODC participated in the "Live without drugs" event organized by the Azteca Foundation and the Ministry of Education, in which an intervention on "How to apply life skills for the prevention of cybercrime" was made to the more than 10,000 students that filled the Domo of Guatemala City.

The project was carried out thanks to the State of Qatar and its generous financial support under the Doha Declaration, and was implemented by UNODC.